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Rappler's latest stories on traffic in manila


[OPINION] Getting envious of other countries' mass transport systems

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Have you ever commuted abroad and wished buses and trains were as efficient in Manila?

[OPINION] Slowing down the city

Nov 16, 2019 - 9:10 AM

The nation needs strategic pauses. Slowed-down city living should not be available only to the few and affluent who stay in cloistered and gated subdivisions.

[EDITORIAL] Nakakalason ang singaw ng tambutso ni Panelo

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM

There is nothing to prove. There's a huge transportation crisis as well as an EQ and IQ deficit in government to understand the problem.

There’s a transportation crisis…

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Yet some officials have the gall to belittle commuters’ travail

MMDA official wants Duterte to have emergency powers for traffic

Aug 22, 2019 - 6:55 PM

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia wants to be able to shorten policymaking after the provincial bus ban faced an injunction

EMERGENCY POWERS. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia would want Duterte to have emergency powers for traffic in order to shorten policymaking. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[Right of Way] Solving the traffic problem in one easy step

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Move people, not cars

Traffic advisory for Independence Day 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:39 PM

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Heavier traffic expected in parts of Quezon City due to MRT7 construction

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Motorists and commuters who pass through Regalado Highway, the Tandang Sora Avenue-Commonwealth Avenue intersection, and North Avenue will be affected

Heavy traffic in parts of QC expected starting April 30 – MMDA. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said motorists should expect heavy traffic in Quezon City with the closure of several roads due to the construction of the Metro Rail Transit 7 (MRT-7). One-way traffic would be implemented on Regalado, from Mindanao Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue, for the construction of a coping beam and starting on May 1, the contractors will start working on the construction of MRT-7 Tandang Sora station at the intersection of Commonwealth and Tandang Sora Avenue. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Why passengers and bikers think Angkas matters

Nov 22, 2017 - 10:16 AM

For many drivers and passengers, motorcycle ride-hailing app Angkas is convenient and saves time

THANKFUL BIKERS. Bikers were thankful to Angkas for giving them a livelihood that improved their daily lives

Motorists told to avoid Quirino Highway due to MRT7 construction

Nov 05, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Here are the alternate routes for those bound for the Quezon Memorial Circle coming from Caloocan City or San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, and vice versa

MMDA proposes to ban drivers-only cars from EDSA

Oct 10, 2017 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) The proposed 'Edsa ban' is in line with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's plan to encourage carpooling

ADD A PASSENGER. MMDA urges encourages the public to share their rides to reduce traffic. Rappler file photo

#FridayFeels: P190 million later

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Uber is back but what has the government done to fix the terrible traffic?

Uber is not perfect, and we should not be afraid to point that out

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:41 PM

If we continue to push for solutions that only benefit a fraction of the public then we continue to be part of the problem

Father dead as cement truck crushes family car

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:50 PM

UDPATED The cement mixer falls onto a Honda Brio with a family of 5 in tow The father Ulysses Ramos is declared dead at 7:32 pm

CRUSHED. A truck topples over a Honda Brio along Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City. MMDA file photo

Heavier Commonwealth traffic seen as MRT7 construction progresses

Aug 13, 2017 - 5:10 PM

A task force announces developments in the construction of the MRT7 s University Avenue and Manggahan stations in Quezon City which would affect the flow of traffic

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen in front of the Iglesia ni Cristo Church along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday. A portion of the thorough fare from Sandiganbayan to Litex is closed for the whole day due to a medical mission by the INC. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Trapik sa Kamaynilaan, napag-iwanan ng pagbabago?

Aug 07, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Sa binagsik-bagsik ng retorika ng administrasyong Duterte tungkol sa pagbabago, hindi maitatangging usad-pagong ang pagresolba ng traffic congestion

Dear politicians, we’ve documented our commute so you don’t have to

Jul 23, 2017 - 3:07 PM

We need solutions for our transportation woes and we need them fast

DAILY COMMUTE. The authors document their commute to work for politicians to see. Photo by Don Kevin Hapal

Manila to deploy mommy traffic enforcers near public schools

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The mothers will be assigned near their children s schools says the city government to direct traffic and assist students in crossing the street

MOMMY TRAFFIC ENFORCERS. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada speaks to the newly sworn-in Mommy Traffic Enforcers tasked with traffic enforcement near schools. Photo from Manila City Government website.

SBMA proposes P100-B expressway-railway from Manila to Subic

Dec 18, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The SBMA chief wants the financing of the proposed multi modal coastal highway to be under the Philippine China Framework of Cooperation

MULTI-MODAL. According to Diño, the proposed multi-modal 100-kilometer (km) coastal highway has already gained support from Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. Rappler file photo

VMMC agrees to open roads to private vehicles

Dec 08, 2016 - 9:05 PM

Motorists can apply for access stickers so they can pass through the Veterans Memorial Medical Center as a shortcut

EDSA traffic flow improves slightly – i-ACT

Dec 06, 2016 - 8:35 PM

After window hours are lifted a recent MMDA survey shows an average of 7 minutes is reduced in travel time on EDSA from Roxas Boulevard in the south to Monumento in the north

DRY RUN. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) enforcers stop motorists who violate the number coding scheme along EDSA on Wednesday, October, during a dry run of the 'no window hours' policy. Instead of getting a ticket, the drivers were reminded of the forthcoming implementation of the new policy, which is aimed at easing traffic flow along main Metro Manila roads. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler's new app shows MRT congestion levels

Nov 27, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Traincheck gives commuters info on how crowded the train stations are and tells them when s the best time to leave

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Alvarez: 'Uncooperative DOTr' delaying emergency powers on traffic

Nov 23, 2016 - 4:15 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez slams the Department of Transportation saying it has failed to lay out concrete plans to address traffic in Metro Manila Metro Cebu and Metro Davao

"UNCOOPERATIVE DOTr."Speaker Pantaleon Alverez says the DOTr is the reason why the House will not be able to pass the measure seeking to grant President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to address traffic by December. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

No window hours for more roads starting Nov 2

Oct 17, 2016 - 8:10 PM

UPDATED Taft Avenue Shaw Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue are among the latest additions to the list of roads without window hours Coding hours will also be longer – 7 am to 8 pm

In this photo taken January 11, 2016, a major thoroughfare is clogged with traffic in Manila. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO / AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

600 violators on first day of ‘no window hours’ dry run

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:18 AM

Only 5 days away from the strict implementation of the No Window Hours traffic scheme a three day dry run commences throughout concerned areas in Metro Manila

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) enforcers stop motorists who violate the number coding scheme along EDSA on Wednesday, October, during a dry run of the 'no window hours' policy. Instead of getting a ticket, the drivers were reminded of the forthcoming implementation of the new policy, which is aimed at easing traffic flow along main Metro Manila roads. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Makati, Las Piñas, Mandaluyong to suspend 'window hours'

Oct 10, 2016 - 6:14 PM

UPDATED To fix traffic malls are also asked not to schedule sales during weekdays and for utility companies to suspend road repairs

MANILA GRIDLOCK. Motorists eat a meal on the back of their vehicles after being caught in traffic during the APEC summit in Manila in November 2015. The Philippines needs to improve infrastructure and requires funding from AIIB. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Starting Oct 31 on EDSA, C5: No more 'window hours' for private vehicles

Oct 08, 2016 - 9:31 AM

The Inter Agency Council on Traffic and the Metro Manila Council agree to remove the window hours under the Number Coding Scheme to decongest traffic in Metro Manila

METRO MANILA TRAFFIC. In this photo taken January 11, 2016, a major thoroughfare is clogged with traffic as an overhead train passes by in Manila. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Alvarez: No improvement in traffic, trains after 100 days under Duterte

Oct 03, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Despite dismay over traffic Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez still praises President Rodrigo Duterte for his overall performance during his first 100 days in office

NOT ENOUGH? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is unhappy with how the Duterte administration is moving to address traffic so far. File photos by Rappler

Briones: Early Christmas break may affect students' learning

Sep 26, 2016 - 2:38 PM

We have to examine the data from the point of view also of impact on learning of the children because again it s not only the school children who add to the traffic it s really Christmas itself says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

EARLY CHRISTMAS BREAK? Education Secretary Leonor Briones says they are 'seriously studying' the proposal to have an early Christmas break for students. She, however, says it may affect students' learning. File photo

Senate wraps up hearings on emergency powers vs traffic

Sep 22, 2016 - 3:58 PM

Senator Grace Poe says the committee on public services has approached the last mile and would soon endorse the bill for plenary debate

EMERGENCY POWERS. Senator Grace Poe says the Senate may pass the bill granting emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to solve the traffic crises before the year ends. Photo from Office of Senator Poe

Tugade clarifies: Traffic problem a 'state of chaos, not a state of mind'

Sep 15, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade also suggests moving some government offices and factories outside Metro Manila to decongest traffic

'STATE OF CHAOS.' Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (middle) faces the House Committee on Transportation on September 15. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Traffic task force: New traffic schemes in parts of EDSA

Sep 05, 2016 - 2:01 PM

New traffic schemes are now being implemented in parts of EDSA the newly formed Inter Agency Council for Traffic says

In this file photo, a police officer directs traffic at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, popularly known as EDSA in Manila on September 8, 2015. Jay Directo/AFP

We're waiting for House to work on emergency powers – Poe

Aug 30, 2016 - 6:22 PM

The Senate committee on public services chairperson hits the Department of Transportation anew for failing to provide a list of concrete projects and plans to solve the traffic crisis

Photo by Office of Sen Poe

South, southwest bus terminals to be opened in 2018

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:05 PM

These terminals will be the end point for about 1 642 provincial buses currently entering Metro Manila daily effectively decongesting main thoroughfares

EDSA RELIEF. These terminals will be the end-point for about 1,642 provincial buses currently entering Metro Manila daily. Rappler file photo

With emergency powers, lighter Metro Manila traffic by 2019

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Emergency powers will allow the faster implementation of over P207 billion worth of infrastructure projects to ease traffic transportation officials say

FASTER IMPLEMENTATION. Transportation Undersecretary Noel Kintanar says emergency powers will help the department implement faster its over P207-billion worth of infrastructure projects. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Provincial buses ban on EDSA is ‘anti-poor’ – Salceda

Aug 16, 2016 - 8:13 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda also says the game Pokemon Go poses a higher threat of aggravating Metro Manila traffic than provincial buses

NO TO BUS BAN. Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda is against the banning of provincial buses along EDSA. File photos by Rappler

Tugade, Arroyo, Phelps | 6PM wRap

Aug 10, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Senators want traffic czar as 'point person' for emergency powers

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:05 PM

UPDATED Neophyte senator Leila De Lima however opposes the proposal as it might grant emergency powers to an individual other than the President

TRAFFIC CZAR. Senators propose the appointment of a 'traffic czar' or manager to become the point person once emergency powers are granted to the President. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña

Gov't wants to open up subdivisions to ease traffic

Aug 10, 2016 - 1:05 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade also emphasizes the need for a single traffic authority to manage Metro Manila s road network

EMERGENCY POWERS. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade attends the 1st Senate hearing on the granting of emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to solve the traffic crisis in the metro. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña

Espinosa, Villar, Climate change | 12PM wRap

Aug 03, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Watch Rappler s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

The pet bills of President Duterte

Aug 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Duterte did not mention in his first SONA two bills that his top allies in the 17th Congress declared they would prioritize: the reimposition of the death penalty and the lowering to 15 years the minimum age of criminal responsibility

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address, as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listen. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Commuters should see results in next 100 days – Palace

Jul 12, 2016 - 1:44 PM

More convenient locations for purchasing train tickets and improved waiting rooms for commuters are some proposals presented to President Duterte in the July 11 Cabinet meeting

TRANSPORTATION WOES. The MRT3 trainline carries 600,000 passengers daily across Metro Manila. File photo by Rappler

Solving the traffic problem

Jul 11, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The grant of emergency powers to solve traffic is fraught with grave dangers for abuse

NIGHTMARE. We all know Metro Manila's transport system is a nightmare but are we willing to do something about it? File photo by Romeo Gacad/Agence France-Presse

Railways are not the way out of Manila traffic mess – expert

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Putting in more railways is important but should not be the priority because they take time says transportation expert Rene Santiago

Drilon files bill for Duterte's emergency powers to fix traffic

Jul 01, 2016 - 4:39 PM

If passed into law the bill would give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers for two years

SOLVING TRAFFIC. Senate President Franklin Drilon wants to give emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to solve traffic in Metro Manila.

Duterte eyes emergency powers vs traffic 'crisis'

Jun 20, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says Kung nabababoy na ang kabuhayan natin at di ito krisis ano ang krisis?

Dear President-elect Duterte: On solving the traffic crisis

May 31, 2016 - 1:01 PM

What we need more than anything else is effective management

MANILA GRIDLOCK. Motorists eat a meal on the back of their vehicles after being caught in traffic during the APEC summit in Manila in November 2015. The Philippines needs to improve infrastructure and requires funding from AIIB. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Humor and agony: Best stories from #DiaryOfACommuter

May 16, 2016 - 4:40 PM

From enduring heavy traffic to struggling inside jampacked jeepneys Filipino commuters share their woes on Twitter

Bomb threat forces temporary closure of EDSA-Main Avenue

Apr 17, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The closure causes heavy traffic along the major thoroughfare; all lanes are reopened past 10 pm

PPP Center to next admin: Prioritize airports, trains, subway

Feb 11, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Decongesting Metro Manila and other urban areas should be the main goal says the PPP Center

CONTINUITY. PPP Center Executive Director Cosette Canilao says airports, mass transit railways, and subway projects should be the focus of the next administration. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler